LETTER SERIES: C. Bart Sullivan – Steve Young for City Council

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Young for Council

By C. Bart Sullivan
October 30, 2016
C. Bart Sullivan

C. Bart Sullivan

I am writing this letter in support of Steve Young for City Council.

I was first introduced to Steve as a Planning Commissioner during the commission’s deliberations on the crude-by-rail project.  I was astounded by Steve’s depth of understanding, thoughtful questions, concerns about the project, and his ability to lead the discourse in a manner that helped the public understand the impact the project would have on the community.

His handling of the crude-by-rail project gave me my first insight into Steve’s incredible attention to detail, and his passion for this community.

The more I learn about Steve, the more I feel the city of Benicia would be lucky to have someone like Steve to represent the citizens of our town, and help Benicia grow and thrive as a community. For example, I learned that Steve led a team to redevelop McClellan Air Force Base into McClellan Business Park and the redevelopment of Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento. He was instrumental in preserving the historic town of Locke from extinction. These successful projects are just a few of the projects showcasing Steve’s 30 years of experience in economic development and urban planning.

During the discussion of these projects, I noticed that Steve consistently praised his team.  Steve was able to nurture, lead, and work with people in tackling complicated projects. This all illustrates Steve’s respect for others, and his ability to work well as a leader.

I recently met with Mario Giuliani, our city Economic Development Manager, who explained the economic challenges we face as a community. From that discussion, it became clear to me that we have a rare opportunity to elect someone like Steve Young who has the depth of experience, passion to take action, and the ability to work with our City Council to meet and overcome such challenges.

I urge you to join me in voting for Steve Young for City Council.

C. Bart Sullivan, Benicia
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LETTER SERIES: Nikki Basch-Davis – PAC involvement in Benicia elections

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PAC involvement in Benicia elections

By Nikki Basch-Davis
October 28, 2016
Nikki Basch-Davis

Nikki Basch-Davis

Working on Elizabeth Patterson’s election, I was sternly instructed on how much (or little) money we are allowed to sell the art for. I had to send back donated art which was priced at a too high value.  Every dollar we made in the auction was painfully scrutinized.

I was surprised to read that Mark Hughes campaigns in 2005 and 2009 accepted $12,350 from 13 different PACs.

I also have learned that the Benicia Police Officers’ Association has raised $20,000, of which, part, is already put to use for lawn signs (bigger than life), indicating their support for Mark Hughes.

Benicia’s Human Resources Department made3 it clear that the majority of these police officers don’t even live in Benicia and cannot vote in our election. Still, they are trying to influence and manipulate our town’s politics.

I wonder why political action committees are involved in this election? How many of our voters are aware of it?

Nikki Basch-Davis, Benicia

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LETTER SERIES: Evie Treventhen – Mariko Yamada for State Senate

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Mariko Yamada: Good for the Delta

By Evie Treventhen
October 28, 2016

I am pleased to write this letter in support of Mariko Yamada, who is a candidate for the State Senate in District 3 [representing Benicia].

I’ve followed her activities in the Assembly and have been impressed by her consistent advocacy for improvement of working conditions for farm workers.

Mariko Yamada State Senate 2016Also she has demonstrated a clear understanding of the need to protect water quality in the Delta and in our area generally. In the Assembly she was a senior member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture and Water.  She opposes the Delta tunnels which potentially would be a disaster for the Delta and also negatively impact other northern California water needs.

Unlike her opponent [Dodd], Mariko has consistently voted to support overtime compensation and wage protection for farm workers.  Farm workers have historically been excluded from receiving additional pay for overtime work. As recently as this year, her opponent voted against such a bill.  Recently Gov. Brown signed that bill into law.

Mariko, a lifelong Democrat, is not a voice for corporate interests such as oil, Monsanto and pharmaceutical companies.

Her legislative service has focused on elder care, justice for workers and care for the environment.

I urge you to join me in voting for Mariko Yamada for State Senate.

Evie Treventhen, Napa

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